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Pens Points: Hitting the Jackpot

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There’s a recap of last night’s game, Matt Murray is inching towards a return, and puck mismanagement is hurting the team. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here are your Pens Points for this Friday morning...

Vegas Gold met Pittsburgh Gold last night at PPG Paints Arena. And by the end of the night, the Penguins came out on top in large part due to the American hero, Phil Kessel. [Pensburgh]

Earlier in the day, Matt Murray returned to practice, just two days after being diagnosed with a concussion. [Pensburgh]

With Murray out, that left only one active goalie on the roster, Casey DeSmith. Tristan Jarry was called up and as a result, Derek Grant went unclaimed on waivers and was sent to the American Hockey League. [Trib Live]

The Penguins ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, unveiled some new threads of their own. Pittsburgh Gold for everyone. [Pensburgh]

Part of the reason why the Penguins have surrendered approximately 300 goals to start the season? Puck mismanagement. [Pensburgh]

The Pens want to create offense on their own terms. That has become the top priority as the team looks to settle down after a bit of a wild start. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who was suspended for a domestic abuse issue, has had his 27-game suspension reduced to just 18 games. [Sportsnet]

The Maple Leafs are helping to lead a charge of offensive resurgence in the NHL. [Toronto Star]